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A human-sized kaleidoscope is coming to the Saatchi Gallery

By Rosemary Waugh

Remember kaleidoscopes? Those cheap plastic tubes that blew your childish mind by containing an ever-expanding world of hallucinogenic colours, shapes and patterns? From March 15, Londoners of all ages can once again experience the simple brilliance of this timeless invention by stepping inside – yes, stepping inside – a giant, human-sized one at the Saatchi Gallery.

Designed by artist Laura Buckley, the interactive artwork forms the centrepiece of the gallery’s ‘Kaleidoscope’ exhibition, a show of nine contemporary artists. Visitors are invited to walk through the installation, taking in the discombobulating array of audio and visual effects that mimic the swirling world spied inside the popular children’s toy.

Buckley’s artwork is named ‘Fata Morgana’ after an amazing, naturally occurring mirage. The optical illusion causes shapes to appear on the horizon that, in the past, were believed to be evil fairy castles luring sailors to their deaths. Hopefully, a visit to the King's Road gallery won’t be anywhere near that scary.

‘Kaleidoscope’ runs Mar 15-May 5 at Saatchi Gallery. For more details click here.

Want to see more art shows? Check out our guide to all the latest art exhibitions opening in London here

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